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Flawed justice undermines hopes of working people in Brazil

17 September, 2018For the first time since the military dictatorship of 1964-1985, Brazil is slipping back into a dark era of arbitrary rule amid attempts to abuse the legal system and protect the corrupt elites who were behind the parliamentary coup and impeachment of the legitimately elected president, Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

IndustriALL creates a ‘macro sector’ for manufacturing industries

21 August, 2018Fifty trade union leaders from the ‘macro sector’ of manufacturing industries across Latin American and the Caribbean met for the first time from 13 to 15 August in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their aim was to discuss the future world of work and come up with joint initiatives.

Workers recount impact of outsourcing in Brazil

27 July, 2016An IndustriALL Global Union study of precarious workers in Brazil has highlighted the financial, psychological and physical costs of outsourcing on workers’ lives and families, in a country where outsourced workers represent 27 per cent (around 13 million) of the workforce in the formal sector.

Number of fatalities rises to ten at Gerdau's Brazil plant

16 October, 2017Another worker has died as a result of negligence at Gerdau's Ouro Branco plant in Brazil, bringing the total number of fatalities to ten in less than one year.

Brazil Supreme Court bans asbestos use and sale

18 December, 2017Workers in Brazil have won a major victory: the Supreme Court of Brazil has banned the use and sale of asbestos.

Two workers killed in explosion at Gerdau Brazil

17 August, 2017Two Gerdau workers lost their lives on 15 August after an explosion at the company's steel plant in Ouro Branco, Brazil.

Free Lula!

27 April, 2018Global unions and union leaders from more than 50 countries came together in Geneva today to stand in solidarity with former Brazilian President Lula, calling for his immediate release from jail and that he be allowed to run in the upcoming elections.

Brazilian oil workers temporarily suspend national strike

4 June, 2018IndustriALL Brazilian affiliate FUP temporarily suspended their 72-hour national strike when the court threatened the union with an extortionate fine of 2 million reais (US$540,000) per day, a clear violation of trade union rights.

Victims of Brumadinho disaster call for settlement with Vale to be overturned

16 February, 2021Mining company Vale and the Minas Gerais state government have reached a settlement over the tragedy that took place two years ago in Brumadinho, Brazil. But affected communities say they were left out of the negotiations and are petitioning the Federal Supreme Court to overturn the agreement.

Brazil: collective agreements in response to Covid-19

4 May, 2020In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, unions in Brazil have negotiated agreements that set out alternative solutions protecting workers' lives and rights.